These movies feature stories with the general theme of women and power, and provide a glimpse of how these women have struggled with or found power in their own lives. Ranging from personal sources of strength and determination to challenging society’s status quo, these movies show interpretations of "power" and the difference it has made in the storyteller's life.  

Rieko Mendez Rosa Kwon Easton Mitzi Cress
Kathy Christie Jacki Bacharach Paige Asawa
Monique Sugimoto    

  About the Program Since 2016, the Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) has been working with Berkeley-based StoryCenter, to bring storytelling and "storywork" to the Palos Verdes Peninsula community. PVLD held a two-day workshop in 2016 in which participants wrote, narrated and created a digital video about their life experience.  From immigration, community building, motherhood, recovering from disaster and more - the movies celebrate the creativity and history as lived by our storytellers. Building on these efforts and the storywork techniques developed by StoryCenter, in 2018, PVLD participated in a state-wide effort to collect stories with the broad topic of "Women & Power" however defined by the storyteller.  Women from the community volunteered to have their story recorded using the "ListeningStation," a tool created by StoryCenter, and edited using the online editing tool called WeVideo. These stories will be archived in the Local History Center digital archives and with the California State Library. Thanks to our storytellers, staff, the California State Library and StoryCenter for support of this project.